BIND 4.0 is the open innovation space connecting and advising startups and internationally renowned leading companies based in the Basque Country. The aim is to foster growth, transformation and the evolution of smart industry, clean and sustainable energy, and the health and food sectors.
leading partner companies
of the startups continue working with the partner company
If you have developed a solution capable of revolutionizing the industry of tomorrow and you want to grow in one of the world-leading Industry 4.0 ecosystems, this is your space. We are looking for innovative technological startups from around world to implement their projects and accelerate the innovation of the benchmark corporations of the Basque Country.
Open innovation through startups is a successful and flexible pathway in industrial innovation. If you are from the smart industry, clean and sustainable energy, and food and health sectors, this is the programme for you to discover and implement the most cutting-edge technologies, learn about the success stories of your ecosystem and receive advice from experts for the most appropriate solutions for your business.
It is an open innovation platform that facilitates the access of startups to the market through leading benchmark companies based in the Basque Country. The aim is to develop disruptive projects with new technologies to make companies more competitive and accelerate the transformation of industry.
Phases of the programme
July - September
Opening of the call for startups from around the world to submit their proposals and present their disruptive technological solutions.
September - January
The pre-selected startups present their solutions to the BIND 4.0 trail-blazing companies that choose the finalists that best adapt to their needs to participate in the programme.
January - June
Programme for the startups that have obtained one or more contracts with our corporate clients. Sessions with expert mentors, networking and contact with investors, at the same time as implementing their projects with the clients.
Innovative companies from the fields of smart industry, clean and sustainable energy, health and food can apply to take part in the programme.
Unique event which connects the whole innovation and investment industrial ecosystem to present the projects develop by the startups in conjunction with the partner companies.
Since 2016, BIND 4.0 has been the internationally renowned platform, promoted by the Basque Government through the SPRI Group to support the transformation of industry and enhance its competitiveness by means of startups with cutting-edge technological solutions.
The open innovation platform ensures the implementation of innovative projects in companies, with ground-breaking technologies from startups. It also offers advice and training to enhance the benefits of open innovation and to drive the growth of startups with real projects and benchmark clients.
Early stage and “idea phase” projects will not be accepted into this program. BIND 4.0 is addressed to startups in the Industry 4.0 field that have finished their technological development and are ready to launch their product/service on the market.
Yes, Startups must be legally established, have finished their technological development and be prepared to launch on the market or have recently entered the marketplace.
No. Startups from any country can participate.
BIND 4.0 is the public-private open innovation platform for smart industry created by the Basque Government's Ministry for Economic Development, Sustainability and the Environment through the SPRI Group and its Up!Euskadi platform of the entrepreneurship ecosystem in the Basque Country. It is currently working with 100 of the sector's leading benchmark companies based in the Basque Country.
This initiative started with the tripe goal of accelerating the development of the startups in the Basque industrial ecosystem, of fostering the digital transformation of companies and of positioning the Basque Country's ecosystem as an advanced industrial entrepreneurship hub. Since 2016, BIND 4.0 has driven 200 startups and implemented 290 projects, generating a turnover of over €7.5 million.
BIND 4.0 has three initiatives to innovate and respond to the new technological challenges.